Culture

Under 16s go free at HES sites this summer

Those under 16 years of age will get free access to ticketed sites managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) this summer.

If you have under 5s they will also need a ticket and booking must be done online in advance of any visit. This is so that numbers can be limited to what is safe according to public health Covid-19 restrictions.

The offer is on from 26th of June to 17th of August and has been made possible through extra Scottish Government funding.

Click on this link to find out more : PLAYING WITH THE PAST – GET INTO SUMMER

HES is also distributing thousands of free Playing with the Past activity packs to encourage imaginative play inspired by Scotland’s castles for families and young people during the summer holidays. 

Scottish Government Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth said:

“Children and young people have experienced significant disruption to all aspects of their lives as a result of the pandemic. That is why the Scottish Government has provided funding to support children, young people, their families and carers to enjoy the summer.

“Historic Environment Scotland has created an exciting offer which will inspire imaginations and encourage a long-term interest in our culture and heritage. I encourage everyone to get involved.”

On Mainland Orkney The Broch of Gurness is a great place to take kids.

Skara Brae

For Maeshowe, there are no tours of the Neolithic tomb, but there is a talk given at the Visitor Centre in Stenness Village. That is free of charge.

Mural at The Maeshowe Visitor Centre of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site
Maeshowe Neolithic Tomb Orkney credit: Martin Laird

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